On this day in music history: April 30, 1982 - “A Flock Of Seagulls”, the debut album by A Flock Of Seagulls is released. Produced by Mike Howlett, it is recorded at Battery Studios in London from Summer - Late Autumn 1981. Formed in Liverpool, UK in 1980 by brothers Mike (keyboards and lead vocals) and Alister “Ali” Score (drums), the original line up also includes Frank Maudsley (bass). They take the name A Flock Of Seagulls from a lyric in the punk rock band The Stranglers song “Toiler On The Sea”. They add guitarist Willie Woo to the band. A hairdresser by day, Mike Score and the band rehearse in a space above the hair salon where he works. They see changes in personal shortly after when the Score brothers have a falling out, with Ali being replaced by drummer Mark Edmondson. Woo departs soon after as well. At Maudsley’s suggestion, they replace Woo with Edmondson’s friend Paul Reynolds on guitar. Only seventeen years old at the time, Reynolds unique playing style augmented with numerous effects including digital delay and echo becomes an essential part of A Flock Of Seagulls sonic trademark. When Ali Score returns to the band, Mark Edmondson leaves and the band’s line up is finally set. They begin playing clubs throughout England and land a recording contract with Jive Records. Recording and releasing the singles “Modern Love Is Automatic” and “Telecommunication” during the Spring and Fall of 1981, the band finish recording their self titled debut album near the end of the year. When it is released in the UK in the Spring of 1982, it initially does not make a big impression in their home country. However, pockets of support develop in other parts of the world. Having made a low budget music video for “I Ran (So Far Away)” (#9 Pop, #8 US Club Play, #43 UK), it begins airing on MTV in the US during the Summer. The immediately catchy new wave/pop song, grabs the attention of American music fans, and by the Fall the single hits the top ten in the US and number one in Australia. The follow up single “A Space Age Love Song” (#30 Pop, #34 UK) cements the band’s sound and visual image, punctuated by Mike Score’s dramatically coiffed hair, styled to make him look like a bird of prey. The instrumental track “D.N.A.” also wins them a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1983. The album is also well received by critics and fans, and is regarded as an 80’s new wave classic. The US version differs somewhat from the UK release, featuring a shifted running order, and omitting the track “Tokyo”. Originally released on CD in 1987, it is remastered and reissued by Cherry Red Records (on the Cherry Pop imprint) in 2011, with four additional bonus tracks. It is also reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP by Music On Vinyl in 2013. “A Flock Of Seagulls” peaks at number thirty two on the UK album chart, number ten on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Thought this would be interesting. This uses the average of all the scores this year, with the lowest score dropped on each event. This show’s that Martha’s team is quantitatively actually the third best team that the US could put up.
However I agree with that team due to the depth that Gabby provides on every event. The US doesn’t need the .4 that Ashton brings to the table or the .1 that Mykayla does, because they are going to win anyway. Furthermore with Ashton on the team Madison would have to vault in qualification and Martha would not want an FTY vaulting at the olympics, seeing that in 2012 we had 5 Amanars. A team with Ragan would only happen if Laurie/Aly were injured and couldn’t compete, as otherwise she doesn’t contribute anywhere in TF.
Having gabby on the team means that
1: Simone doesn’t have to do bars
2: Laurie doesn’t have to vault in TF
3: 4 girls on the team have the potential to score 15+ on bars
4: Gabby’s beam and floor both have the potential to go high 14 low 15 if they look as good as they did at American Cup.
5: The lowest AA average is 58.800 (Madiscon Kocian). In this team literally any girl can be used on any event (except for Madison on Vault) in a team final, and will score reasonably well.
While I agree with Martha’s decision, having to rely on Gabby improving significantly in the next month is a big gamble that I hope pays off like it did in 2011, 2012 and 2015.
@gymcastic thought you might find this interesting :)